Failure and Success

How the Most Spectacular Failures can Lead to the Most Incredible Accomplishments.

Failure.  The word is loaded with connotations.  With many executives, it’s a highly unpopular word.  After all, how many highly driven Type A people do you know that enjoy failing?

Yet, there is so much to be gained from failure.  Failure is the key to innovation and success.  Rarely can innovation or success be achieved without failing first.  So, what bridges the gap from failure to success?   Continue reading

What History Teaches Today’s Leaders

 The Inauguration of President Barack ... Photo credit: WikipediaFour Leadership Qualities from History’s Great Figures.

Great moments in history occur when the seemingly impossible becomes reality.  In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood “in the symbolic shadow” of Lincoln and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.  In 2013 and a mere 1.9 miles away, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol using Bibles from President Lincoln and Dr. King.  Irrespective of your political inclinations, it was incredible to see history being made – marking the progress of a nation. Continue reading

Problem Solving for Business

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in ParisChange Your Thinking and Improve Your Odds of Success.

A few weeks ago, I met with a client, whom we’ll call “Jack.”  Jack built a career on developing ideas for technology products based on patterns in user data.  As you can imagine with the tech boom in San Francisco, Jack had been incredibly successful.

However, Jack’s “hot streak” (as he called it) had gone ice cold.  He was frustrated and out of ideas.  No matter what he did, it didn’t seem to work.  Moreover, his CEO was becoming ill tempered with Jack’s missteps.  So, what threw ice water on his fire? Continue reading

Coping with Tragedy

PossibilityAs a Nation Mourns the Senseless Loss of Life.

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last week, the nation has been mourning the heart wrenching loss of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. As a parent, the news hit really close to home for me. I had dropped my two-year old daughter off at pre-school probably much like the parents had dropped their children off at school that same morning. The difference was I had the incredible blessing of picking her up, thanking God for her and holding her a little closer and tighter. Continue reading

What I Learned about Business from U2

How Business and Life Work in Mysterious Ways.

Lessons in business are everywhere.  This week, I found them on my iPod.  As I’ve shared before, I am a huge fan of U2.  I adore the band’s music, creativity and social activism.  I never realized that their songs are also lessons in business and life for that matter. Continue reading